I’ve had full-time employment for a while now – and I’m not complaining. It’s nice to have a steady income and the knowledge that you’re contract isn’t going to expire at the end of x-number of days.
That said, I still challenge myself on a daily basis. I make goals and I do my best to meet them – even if that causes me to push against the grain a little. Do you know why?
I don’t want to become comfortable.
There’s nothing wrong with a little comfort, yet comfort is so often associated with indifference. When we’re comfortable we start to forget about the things that use to matter to us and our goals fall by the wayside. A lack of goals makes life… boring. And without something exciting to drive me, there’s really nothing to look forward to.
I enjoy my job – it’s fast-paced and challenging – but I also take time to step back and reflect on all aspects of my career. I answer questions like the following:
- Where do I excel?
- Where do I fall short?
- What are my favourite tasks? why?
- What are my least favourite tasks? why?
- What do I want to learn in the next few months?
- Who do I look up to? What are their traits that I admire?
- Where should I put more energy to have the greatest impact?
- Where should I spend less energy?
These aren’t official questions – but I might start making notes on them every few months or so. By taking stock of where I am and who I want to be, I have a better idea of the specific questions and topics to present to my superiors. I know which projects will bring me the most joy, and which projects will cause me the most strain.
I continue to develop goals outside of work as well, although these are more interest-based. I think these could become a post on their own once I’ve had a little time to develop them more. Right now, I’m really into painting, gardening, ukulele, live music, and blogging.
I think it’s important to continue to develop goals, whether it’s for work or in your personal life. I encourage you to take the time to think about what you want most, even if you’re not quite sure how to get there just yet.
What are you major goals?